New York Times Caves To Twitter Pressure

Writing at PandoDaily, disinformation author Paul Carr castigates the New York Times for changing its biography of Yvonne Brill after the Twitterverse ganged up on the Gray Lady:

Another victory for the (fictional) Internet Community! Today the New York Times was forced to edit Douglas Martin’s obituary of rocket scientist Yvonne Brill (pictured left, played by Alastair Sim) after twitterers and bloggers took offense at the lede:

“She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job and took eight years off from work to raise three children. “The world’s best mom,” her son Matthew said.”

The outrage was pretty well summed up in a post on i09, titled “The New York Times fails miserably in its obituary for rocket scientist Yvonne Brill”…

“The blowback has been considerable. Since its publication yesterday, the obituary has attracted a firestorm of remonstration on Twitter. A small sampling of tweets captures the air of incredulity:”

Blowback! A firestorm of remonstration! The air of incredulity! It sure was a dark and stormy night for the New York Times. And how about those Tweets?…

[continues at at PandoDaily]

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12 Comments on "New York Times Caves To Twitter Pressure"

  1. Bill_Swensen | Apr 2, 2013 at 11:21 am |

    I laughed my ass off. One of the Tweets was, “Please NY Times Dining section, run Yvonne Bril’s beef stroganoff recipie!”

  2. Is this a joke? I tend to loathe rabid internet political correctness, but I don’t understand why this guy is defending a fucking stupid lede that reads like it was written in the 50s. I’ve never in my life seen an obit for a dude of accomplishment which lead off with his skills in the kitchen. What a load of bullshit, the twitter outrage was actually justified in this instance!

    • mannyfurious | Apr 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm |

      No twitter outrage is ever justified, because mostly morons use twitter. Even if I somehow accomplished world peace single-handed, I would still hope that my obituary began with one of my kids gushing that I was the best dad anyone could ask for.

      Fuck twitter and fuck self-righteous moral outrage.

      • “Even if I somehow accomplished world peace single-handed, I would still
        hope that my obituary began with one of my kids gushing that I was the
        best dad anyone could ask for.”

        To get a crucial piece of context for this story, I would suggest that you take a brief look at a few thousand years of gender relations on planet earth.

        • mannyfurious | Apr 2, 2013 at 6:12 pm |

          Hey, I’ve done my research. I know how Beef Stroganoff and doting children have conspired throughout the generations to subjugate their own mothers and women of every sort.

          What do I look like, an ignoramus???

  3. BuzzCoastin | Apr 2, 2013 at 5:38 pm |

    what? you think the New Yuck Times is run by rocket scientists?

  4. David Howe | Apr 2, 2013 at 11:14 pm |

    New York Times Responds to Reader Feedback Regarding Sexist Obit

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